"Carson's book has changed the world". ("The Times"). Impassioned, poetic and brilliantly written, "Silent Spring" is now recognized as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. In it, Rachel Carson exposed the destruction of wildlife through the widespread and indiscriminate use of pesticides. She described the nests full of ...Read More"Carson's book has changed the world". ("The Times"). Impassioned, poetic and brilliantly written, "Silent Spring" is now recognized as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. In it, Rachel Carson exposed the destruction of wildlife through the widespread and indiscriminate use of pesticides. She described the nests full of eggs that would never hatch, the rivers bloated with poisoned fish and the children killed by the very chemicals which had previously been lauded as miracle potions, and sprayed without reservation across the country. Despite condemnation in the press and heavy-handed attempts by the chemical industry to ban the book, Rachel Carson's book directly lead to changes in government policy and inspired the modern ecological movement.Read Less
We hear about this book but don't seem to get around to reading it as there is so much else to absorb about the environment. A timeless, compelling, and "standard" work that continues to provoke and inspire.
Dec 13, 2012
The book was as described and arrived promptly. I am fully satisfied with this purchase.
Aug 2, 2012
This book was an important study at the time but it is very dated now
Jun 1, 2012
First class book
Chemicals are threatening the whole environment. Plants, animals and human beings are in danger because of greedy and ignorance. The rise of cancer, and rare alergies and respiratory diseases could be exaplained by the abuse of chemicals.
Jan 20, 2012
A must read
This book is a must read for anyone who cares about humanity and the environment we inhabit. Ms. Carlson skillfully explains how species, including humanity, don't live in a microcosm, but are instead enmeshed - on a global scale - with every other living species. She clearly demonstrates the folly of believing that we as humans are somehow separate and distinct from the rest of creation. Although "Silent Spring" was written over 50 years ago, it's message is as powerful today as it was when it was written.
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